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Royal Assassin: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2 | [Robin Hobb]

Royal Assassin: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2

Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.
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Publisher's Summary

Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.

With the king near death, and Fitz's only ally off on a seemingly hopeless quest, the throne itself is threatened.

Meanwhile, the treacherous Red Ship Raiders have renewed their attacks on the Six Duchies, slaughtering the inhabitants of entire seaside towns. In this time of great peril, it soon becomes clear that the fate of the kingdom may rest in Fitz's hands - and his role in its salvation may require the ultimate sacrifice.

©1999 Robin Hobb (P)2010 Tantor

What the Critics Say

“Hobb manages to create a kingdom that looks like a fairy tale but feels like the real world---which makes it almost impossible not to become immersed in Hobb's fantasy epic.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Nils heber, UT, United States 04-27-13
    Nils heber, UT, United States 04-27-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Not a fan"

    I enjoyed the first book, but this one was way too slow and the narration was a bit annoying.

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    Dewayne Michigan 03-25-13
    Dewayne Michigan 03-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Engaging"
    Where does Royal Assassin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series is worth a listen. While it is not super fast paced it does somehow keep you engaged and never bored. I would have to place it in the top 15 of the hundreds of audio books i have listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that the main character is not always right, makes lots of mistakes, is immature at times, all while feeling like he is in control and knows exactly what he should be doing, really makes him feel like a normal guy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LadyDucayn@aol.com 03-05-13 Member Since 2012

    For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George.

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    "Robin Hobb is always worth a listen!"
    Any additional comments?

    I first stumbled upon Robin Hobb thanks to the Liveship Traders books and fell in love with the writing style. The only reason I gave them a shot was because my favorite author, George R R Martin, said anything written by Hobb was gold (or something similiar).

    Slowly over the years I have read more of Hobb's books and the Farseer Trilogy is becoming a favorite. Fitz is just a great character and the narrator does a great job. I'm definitely looking forward to listening to the third book in the series.

    Do I think the trilogy worth a listener's hard earned credits? Yes I do! Think medieval fantasy with a hint of magic, not high fantasy, which I have found I like best.

    For background, my other favorite authors are Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Skye Salem, OR, United States 02-01-13
    Skye Salem, OR, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Predictable Trodden on Wimpy Assasins Unite"
    Would you try another book from Robin Hobb and/or Paul Boehmer?

    Maybe if I was in the mood for an energy draining, pain inflicting, experience. An experience that left me with the feeling of... hmmm the hero could have been my next door neighbor only more predictable, less heroic, and fully miserable all the time. If you were given a super power would you just "kind of use it". No one else could do this special thing but you have the power but no inclination? I had a hard time with some of the "Human" traits brought out in the characters. But I liked the book to continue reading it through to the end.This was my first time reading a Robin Hobb story, I don't know anything about the author or his other works. I did like some of his writing style, and may read something in the future as some authors change their style and mood between works.


    Has Royal Assassin turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, of course not. Although the trend, for the last decade in movies and books has been to take joy out of the story, any story, and replace it with 'Real' practical experiences, misery and anti-climatic endings. This story was no different. I have hope though, that some epic fantasy authors will try something different... maybe a happy ending filled with magic and joy, something that leaves the reader with a feeling that by reading the book, it has somehow fundamentally changed the way the reader wants to live their life. Makes the reader want to be better. Breath of fresh air. This was not that book.


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    At first no, but he grew on me. His voice is very light and doesn't resonate very well, however he is technically a master. His tones and delivery are excellent. At one point I was so disgusted with the story, that I wasn't sure why I was still listening. I determined that is was Paul voice and delivery. Although Robin's story was kind of dark and dreary, Paul's voice was the light, and filled me with a kind of hope, that kept me moving through endless awkward predicaments.


    Did Royal Assassin inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, the hole left in my foot by the nail I drove through it, is healing well. Luckily the Elf Bark tea has blocked all thoughts about my reading experience.


    Any additional comments?

    If your not into animal stories, or human/animal relationships you may want to stay away from this series. Although the title says assassin, and makes you think of castles, a lot of the book revolves around animals in great detail to the point where I wondered why it wasn't called wolf prince or the like. However if you love animals and animal behavior and relationships, you will probably love this trilogy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brindle Dallas, TX 01-07-13
    Brindle Dallas, TX 01-07-13 Member Since 2011

    Brindle

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    "I didn't give up"
    What did you love best about Royal Assassin?

    So glad I didn't give up on this series because the 2nd book was amazing!! I found the first book quite forgettable & it just didn't stand out at all for me. I had trouble even recalling what the story was about. This book totally gripped me & I was completely hooked on what would happen next. Now I'm hoping the 3rd book wraps it up nicely & provides for excellent adventure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven South Hadley, MA, United States 12-24-12
    Steven South Hadley, MA, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2011

    Fifty something, small business owner, married, no children. Love travel, beaches, tropical isles, classic cars and listening!

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    "As good as the first..."

    Wonderful series, great character development, and a super listen. As with most epic tales at some point the story drags a little, but overall still a 5 star with me.

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 12-06-12
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Got Wit!!"

    As the title says this is #2 in the series. If you have not read book #1 you will not enjoy this book. Book one, develops the main characters and if you start here you will think he is some whinny sick boy. You must read book one to understand the characters.

    If you have read book one, then you are in for a treat. When I first read this series I actually liked the second book better then the first. In this book there is less of Chade and more of the Fool. There is more about the wit, a talent I believe would be great to have. Fitz starts the story out sick and pretty much stays sick and hurt throughout the book. Regal has a bigger meaner part in this and Verity leaves Buck Keep.

    Like most of Hobb's books you really get caught up in the lives of these people. Hobb does better character development then anyone I know. For the second reading this did get a little long, yet I still enjoyed it, though not as much as the first time. All of Hobb's characters are flawed, even though the leading character tries hard to do well. I did get a little frustrated with the way Fitz treated Molly. If I had been in the same situation I am sure I would have chosen the girl over the King, but I am not Fitz.

    The Liveship series is my favorite series by anyone and then Hobb's Forrest Mage series and then this series. I hope to soon complete the Dragon series, which may bump this series down to 4th place.

    I have also started to enjoy reading Hobb's first books, written under the name of Megan Lindholm, I hope they come out on audible.

    Narrator is excellent.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Blacksburg, VA, United States 11-15-12
    Janet Blacksburg, VA, United States 11-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great #2"
    What made the experience of listening to Royal Assassin the most enjoyable?

    Story line moves really well


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Love Lacy she is such a suble character


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The way of the wolf


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teri Stratford, CT, United States 09-28-12
    Teri Stratford, CT, United States 09-28-12
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    "I love Robin Hobb's stories"
    What did you love best about Royal Assassin?

    The characters and the plot kept me intrigued throughout the entire story -- I could not wait to get in my car again and listen to more. Mad long commutes enjoyable and something to look forward to. The intricately woven plot was well formulated.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Stein 09-05-12
    Paula Stein 09-05-12
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    "I Have Reached Frustration Saturation"

    Maybe it's me....I cannot get past the frustration of a plot wherein the characters know who the villan is, know how the villan functions, and choose not to do anything about it; but when bad things happen they are taken by surprise.
    Arrghhhh!!
    I listened to Assassin's Apprentice and it was fine, despite the menace threatening not only to end the life of the main character but also destroy the existance of the 6 duchies. The narrative is compelling and description is used very effectively. I was okay to bide my time while the characters presumably gathered the evidence needed to ensure the right villan was identified. But enough is enough!
    Maybe it's me....but when someone is out to do murder and the characters have the capabilities to stop it and choose not to, I feel pretty frustrated - frustrated enough to turn it all off, put the book away, and say "The heck with this!"
    The unfortunate thing is that the narrator does a wonderful job. The performance is almost enough to carry me to the end but the slow and frustrating plot line keeps interferring. Far from creating dynamic tension, the misunderstandings between characters, the protestations of nobility (which ring stupid as opposed to noble), and the seeming inability to put clues together to come up with treason and murder, create tension alright - the tension that speaks of having spent my credits on a less than engaging couple of books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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